psoralen

noun pso·ra·len \ ˈsȯr-ə-lən \

Definition of psoralen

: a substance C11H6O3 found in some plants that photosensitizes mammalian skin and is used in conjunction with ultraviolet light to treat psoriasis; also : any of various derivatives of psoralen having similar properties

Origin and Etymology of psoralen

New Latin Psoralea, genus of plants from which it is isolated + English -en, alteration of -ene


Medical Dictionary

psoralen

noun pso·ra·len \ ˈsȯr-ə-lən \

medical Definition of psoralen

: a substance C11H6O3 found in some plants that photosensitizes mammalian skin and is used in conjunction with ultraviolet light to treat psoriasis; also : any of various derivatives of psoralen having similar properties — see puva

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